Aye Write 2021 Festival Pass

Aye Write 2021 Festival Pass

Aye Write is Glasgow's annual book festival. Our festival pass gives you access to all paid content on 14, 15, 16 and 21, 22, 23 May, as well as the pre-festival event with Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina and Louise Welsh on 28 April, Andrew O'Hagan 29 May and Ed Miliband 23 June. All events are available to watch for three weeks after the original broadcast date (except Mel Giedroyc).

Authors at Aye Write 2021 include:

Alan Bissett / Alan Gillespie / Alan Warner / Alex Renton / Alexis Fleming / Alison Irvine / Amanda Thomson / Andrew Marr / Andrew O'Hagan / Andrew Painting / Arusa Qrueshi / Billy Billingham / Bob Stanley / Brit Bennett / Calum L. MacLeòid / Catriona Ward / Charlie Gilmore / Chris Dolan / Chris Leslie / Chris Ryan / Clare Chambers / Courttia Newland / Craig Lamont / Craig Russell / Dawnie Walton / Dean Burnett / Diane Cook / Douglas Stuart / Dr Bill Mitchell / Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu / Ed Miliband / Elizabeth Haynes / Elizabeth Reeder / Emily Bernard / Emma Gregg / Emma Stonex / Erin Kelly / Esther Woolfson / Ewan Morrison / Frank Gardner / Fred D'Aguiar / Gavin Francis / Gerry Hassan / Graham McTavish / Helen McClory / Iain F. MacLeòid / Imran Mahmood / Irenosen Okojie / Jack Grimwood / Jacob Ross / James Brabazon / James Campbell / James Yorkston / Janey Godley / Jen Gale / Jenni Fagan / Jeremy Atherton Lin / Jim Carruth / Jim Swire / John McDougall / Jonathan Meiburg / Joyce McMillan / Kapka Kassabova / Kate Adie / Kate Mosse / Katherine Trebeck / Katie Goh / Kathleen Hart / Katy Wix / Kayo Chingonyi / Kieran Cunningham / Kirstin Innes / Kjell Ola Dahl / Koa Beck / Leone Ross / Liam Konemann / Linda Gask / Madeline Bunting / Maggie O'Farrell / Matt Cain / Mel Giedroyc / Mike Gayle / Mona Eltahawy / Monique Roffey / Musa Okwonga / Nancy Birtwhistle / Niall Ferguson / Nicky Campbell / Nina Karnikowski / Orsola Casagrande / Paige Cooper / Paul Mason / Patrick Barkham / Peter Biddulph / Peter Hain / Ra Page / Richard Thompson / Robbie Morrison / Robert Jones, Jnr / Robert Webb / Robin Dunbar / Ruth Coker Burks / Ruth Thomas / Salena Godden / Sam Gilbert / Sam Heughan / Sarah Sultoon / Sasha Bates / Sarah Pearse / Sharon Bairden / SG MacLean / Simon Scarrow / Stephen Peake / Suzanne Simard / Tabitha Lasley / Tessa Norton / The Reverend Richard Coles / Tawseef Khan / Todd Westbrook / Tracey Follows / Tracey Thorn / Will Dean / Zeba Talkhani

Please note, all content will only be available for three weeks after the on-air date (unless otherwise stated). Excludes Creative Writing Workshops and Wee Write.

By purchasing a festival pass, you are supporting the future of the festival.

Books are available to purchase from our bookseller partner Bookshop.org (uk.bookshop.org/shop/ayewrite). Bookshop.org supports independent booksellers and for every book purchased 10% comes back to Aye Write and Wee Write, helping to invest in our city’s book festival and reader development programmes.

Aye Write 2021 Festival Pass

23 Videos

  • 22nd May 10.30am Rodge Glass Introduces... Fiction Debuts

    The novelist and biographer Rodge Glass introduces six vivid new voices in fiction - featuring: Helen Fisher (Space Hopper), Dantiel W. Moniz (Milk Blood Heat), Megan Nolan (Acts of Desperation), Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck), Fiona Scarlett (Boys Don't Cry) and Caleb Azumah Nelson (Open Water)...

  • 22 May 11.45am How To Stop Fascism, Paul Mason

    How To Stop Fascism
    Paul Mason chaired by Ruth Wishart

    11.45am – 12.45pm BST*

    The far right is on the rise across the world. From Modi's India to Bolsonaro's Brazil and Erdogan's Turkey, fascism is not a horror that we have left in the past; it is a recurring nightmare that is happening again -...

  • 22 May,1pm Fish Out-of-Water Memoirs

    Tabitha Lasley’s Sea State is a candid examination of the life of North Sea oil riggers, and an explosive portrayal of masculinity, loneliness and female desire. In her mid-30s and sprung out of a terrible relationship, Tabitha quit her job at a women’s magazine, left London and put her savings i...

  • 22 May 2.15pm Clare Chambers & Emma Stonex

    Extraordinary Stories Based on Real Events
    Clare Chambers & Emma Stonex chaired by Lee Randall

    2.15pm – 3.15pm BST*

    Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers has been longlisted for The Women’s Prize 2021.
    1957, the suburbs of South East London. Jean Swinney is a journalist on a local paper, trappe...

  • 22 May 3.30pm The American Way: Stories of Invasion

    The American Way: Stories of Invasion
    Ra Page, Orsola Casagrande, Paige Cooper and Jacob Ross

    3.30pm – 4.30pm BST*

    After four years of Trump, America seems set to return to political normality. But for much of the rest of the world, that normality is a horror story: 75 years of US-led invasions...

  • 22 May 4.45pm Chris Ryan and Billy Billingham

    Manhunter is the explosive new thriller from the No.1 bestselling SAS hero, Chris Ryan. In London, assassins carry out a deadly chemical weapons attack at the royal wedding. All the signs point to a Kremlin-sanctioned hit. Their victim: a notorious mobster. 'The Cell' is a shadowy unit within the...

  • 22 May, 4.45pm A Renewable Energy Revolution

    Todd Westbrook, Stephen Peake chaired by Susan Dalgetty
    Sponsored by The Open University in Scotland

    In the first and only book to explore Scotland's part in the green revolution and what the future may hold, Revolution: A Short Sharp History of Scottish Wind Power - And Where it Goes From Here,...

  • 22 May 6pm Of Birds and Men

    Of Birds and Men
    Charlie Gilmour and Jonathan Meiburg chaired by Ali Braidwood

    6pm – 7pm BST*

    Featherhood Is about the young magpie that fell from its nest ina Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet...

  • 22 May, 7.15pm Fiction as the New Rock 'n' Roll

    Fiction as the New Rock 'n' Roll
    Alan Warner & Dawnie Walton chaired by Kirstin Innes

    7.15pm – 8.15pm BST*

    Kitchenly 434 is the latest novel from Alan Warner, author of Morven Callar and The Sopranos.
    It's the late 70s: the country is on the cusp of the arrival of Margaret Thatcher as Prime...

  • 22 May 8.30pm Brit Bennett

    The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identiti...

  • 23 May 10.30am New Scottish Thrillers

    She only left her daughter in the car for a minute. Just a quick minute whilst she ran into the shop. She barely thought twice about making that decision, but it soon began to consume the thoughts of every neighbour, police and social security worker in a fifteen mile radius . With sharp prose Al...

  • 23 May 11.45am The Healing Power of Nature

    Eight years ago, Kathleen Hart was diagnosed with breast cancer. While recuperating, she came across a small whitewashed cottage for sale in Wigtown, Scotland. Driving hundreds of miles on nothing more than a few photographs and an inkling, she bought it that very same day. Devorgilla Days is an ...

  • 23 May, 1pm The Wild Isles

    In The Wild Isles, Patrick Barkham has gathered together a wide array of the very best of British and Irish nature writing, characterized by an arresting diversity of moods and voices. His choices are arranged under themes that range from birds, woods and coastlines to childhood, the seasons and ...

  • 23 May 2.15pm Late Bloomers

    All The Lonely People is the latest novel from Mike Gayle, the Richard and Judy bestselling author of Half a World Away. In phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun and friendship. But Hubert Bird is lying. Something...

  • 23rd May, 3.30pm Provocative, Elemental Fiction

    The New Wilderness is the Man Booker shortlisted novel from Diane Cook
    Bea's five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is slowly wasting away. The smog and pollution of the overdeveloped, overpopulated metropolis they call home is ravaging her lungs. Bea knows she cannot stay in the City, but there is only ...

  • 23rd May, 3.30pm Glasgow's Learning Presents

    Glasgow’s Learning presents… A celebration of achievement in writing skills for Glasgow’s ESOL Learners.

    In association with Glasgow Life and Glasgow ESOL Forum.

    Amanda, Aimee and Dinushriya once again welcome ESOL learners to contribute to this free, community-based event as part of the Aye Wr...

  • 23 May 4.45pm Finding Your Way Through Grief

    Whether it is pastoral care for the bereaved, discussions about the afterlife, or being called out to perform the last rites, death is part of the Reverend Richard Coles's life and work. But when his partner the Reverend David Coles died, shortly before Christmas in 2019, much about death took Co...

  • 23 May 6pm Frank Gardner

    Frank Gardner is the BBC Security Correspondent, an Arabic speaker, GB Ski Club President and survivor of multiple gunshot wounds in Saudi Arabia. He is the author of bestselling memoir 'Blood and Sand' describing his Middle East experiences. He’ll be discussing his latest thriller Outbreak. Deep...

  • 23 May, 7.15pm - Suzanne Simard: Finding The Mother Tree

    No one has done more to transform our understanding of trees than the world-renowned scientist Suzanne Simard. Now she shares the secrets of a lifetime spent uncovering startling truths about trees: their cooperation, healing capacity, memory, wisdom and sentience. Raised in the forests of Britis...

  • 23 May, 7.15pm - Celebrating 40 Years of Lanark

    Since 1986, the National Library of Scotland has held some of Alasdair Gray's most valuable and rarely seen writing. From personal diaries to correspondence, from illustrations and sketches to drafts of his internationally celebrated novels, the archive is a treasure trove for lovers of contempor...

  • 23 May, 8.30pm - Robert Webb

    Come Again is the debut novel from the number one bestselling author of How Not To Be a Boy and star of Peep Show. Kate's husband Luke - the man she loved from the moment she met him twenty-eight years ago - died suddenly. Since then she has pushed away her friends, lost her job and everything is...

  • 29 May, 7pm Andrew O'Hagan - Mayflies

    In his hugely acclaimed novel Mayflies, Andrew O'Hagan, one of Scotland's finest writers, channelled his own experience to craft a heart-breaking, life-affirming story of lifelong friendship. In this event hosted by the University of Strathclyde’s Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Dr. Rodge Gla...

  • 23 June, 7pm Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband has captured imaginations with his award-winning hit podcast Reasons to be Cheerful, which discovers brilliant people all around the world who are successfully fixing problems, transforming communities and pioneering global movements. From a citizens' assembly in Mongolia to the UK's ...